Connecticut College vs. Us Merchant Marine
April 7, 2009
The Game Story:
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College menīs lacrosse team (4-7) exploded with nine straight goals Tuesday, erasing a 6-1 first deficit in a 10-8 triumph against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-5) on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field. Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) paved the way to the victory for the Camels, winning 17-of-22 face-offs and collecting a game-high 10 ground balls.

Ryan Hayes (Darien, Conn.) had two goals and two assists in the victory. Phips Smith (Far Hills, N.J.) contributed two goals and Eric Doran (Pennington, N.J.) chipped in with a goal and an assist. Freshman John Lenehan (Hingham, Mass.) made six saves and added three ground balls in an admirable performance between the pipes.

Senior Brennan Dougherty (Ellicott City, Md.) paced the visitors with three goals and two assists in the setback. Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) added two goals for USMMA. Junior net-minder Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) had 12 saves in the setback for the Mariners. Robert De Pol (Riva, Md.) scored 2:26 into the second quarter and the Mariners enjoyed their largest lead of the day with a 6-1 advantage. But the Camels finally got their offense moving and Hayes was the facilitator. With 4:58 remaining, Hayes assisted Smith for a goal to make it 6-2. Just 65 seconds later, Hayes connected with Smith on another score and the Camels trailed 6-3 at the break.

In the third quarter, the Camels came out firing. Czerkawski was a perfect 4-for-4 on the face-offs, allowing the Camels to set up their offense and control the time of possession. Rory OīConnor (Haverford, Pa.) and Hayes scored goals to pull the Camels within one. Then, with 13:23 to play, Czerkawski supplied the equalizer with an impressive individual effort that seemed to galvanize the Camels in the comeback. In one sequence, Czerkaswki won the face-off, corralled the groundball, and sprinted straight to the cage for a goal that evened things up at six.

Doran put the Camels on top for good at 7-6 with 12:40 remaining. The Camels scored their next two goals in transition. With 5:02 to play in the third, Wade Berry (East Lyme, Conn.) found the back of the net with a deep blast, finishing on a feed from Ben Eischen (Brookfield, N.H.) and the Camels carried an 8-6 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Hayes made it a 9-6 game, adding a valuable insurance goal with 9:29 to go that proved to be the difference. Kevin Ford (Hinesburg, Vt.) set up the score by collecting a ground ball and breaking free in an unsettled situation. Sean Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) closed out the 9-0 run to make it a 10-6 game, scoring a one-timer on a feed from Doran with 7:00 remaining.

The Mariners halved the lead with goals from Dougherty and Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) but could not get any closer.